Nyngan and Broken Hill Solar Farms Officially Opened
Australia’s largest utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants located in Nyngan and Broken Hill were officially opened during a ceremony at the Nyngan plant today.
Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries attended the ceremony with NSW Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts, Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt and other dignitaries.
The $440 million project, which was initiated and carried out by AGL, received $64.9 million in funding from the NSW Government and a further $166.7 million from the Australian Government.
The two plants have already generated over 200,000 MWh of renewable energy since Nyngan became operational in July and Broken Hill in December 2015.
Annually, the two plants combined will produce approximately 360,000 MWh of renewable energy, powering more than 50,000 average Australian homes and more than doubling Australia’s large-scale solar capacity.
Mr Humphries said the development has provided significant economic support to the regions.
“Around $30 million has gone into the Nyngan and Broken Hill communities as a result of the development and we estimate more than $222 million will flow into the regions over the next 30 years through employment and direct maintenance service requirements,” Mr Humphries said.
“I expect further funds will flow to the area through an increase in tourism for both communities.”
AGL Managing Director and CEO Andy Vesey announced that AGL will be building an ‘information and education facility’ at each site as a legacy to support tourism.
“We are in the early stages of planning these facilities and look forward to working with the local Councils and communities to progress these plans,” Mr Vesey said.